At Independent Age, we see grant-making as one of the really important ways that we can support older people in financial hardship, alongside our services and policy and influencing work.

We recognise that by supporting and building partnerships with other organisations at a local and national level, we can have a much wider reach. It enables us to contribute to the achievement of many more positive outcomes for older people living in difficult circumstances. 

Read more about our approach to grant-making.

Open funding opportunities

Although we don't have any open programmes right now, please sign up to our mailing list to be notified of future funding opportunities.

Current grants programmes

Boosting Advice Fund

In July 2024, Independent Age will distribute up to £2.8 million of funding to support advice-focused organisations helping older people in financial hardship. The deadline for expressions of interest for this fund was 20 February 2024. 

Read more about our Boosting Advice Fund.

Cost-of-living Grants Fund

This fund was generously supported by the Pension Insurance Corporation. We have funded 77 organisations through two rounds of this funding, awarded in 2022 and 2023. The first round of funded work came to an end in November 2023, and the second round will end later this year. 

Read more about our Cost-of-living Fund.

Previous grants programmes

COVID-19 emergency grants programme

Between May 2020 and July 2021, Independent Age awarded £3.3 million – including almost £900,000 from strategic partners – to 258 organisations, supporting their work with older people during the pandemic and, through later rounds, to reopen their face-to-face services. Read our impact report to learn more.

Boosting Advice Fund 2024

This fund will help advice organisations that can make a difference around the themes of income and costs, and so improve older people’s financial wellbeing.

Cost-of-living Fund

In response to the cost-of-living crisis, Independent Age awarded funding to organisations across the UK that work to increase the amount of money in the pockets of older people.

Our approach to grant-making

Our approach to grant-making and our decision-making process reflect our values.